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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (10/4/2012) — HARRISON TWINS DECISION DUE TODAY
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by Alex Schwartz
Quite possibly the best package deal in high school basketball history will have a destination today. Top-four ranked twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison are set to announce their college intentions and will be choosing between Kentucky, Maryland and SMU.
The 6-foot-5 guards from Travis (TX) had long been working with a top five that also included Baylor and Villanova, but they have narrowed it down to a final trio. The general belief though, is that it is truly a two-horse race between Kentucky and Maryland.
UK is on a roll under John Calipari, as he is four for four in Lexington, Ky. in signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. He has led Kentucky to two Final Fours and the Wildcats are the reigning national champion. UK has also churned out a plethora of first round picks under Cal and it is the winningest program in NCAA basketball history.
As for Maryland, the twins have known Mark Turgeon since back when he was at Texas A&M, there are some family ties to the area, their close friend Shaquille Cleare is on the team. Additionally, as people like to talk about, the Harrisons played for the Under Armour-affiliated Houston Defenders and Maryland is UA’s main school, since founder Kevin Plank went there.
The Harrisons are not the only standout guards to be announcing soon. Josh Hart of Sidwell Friends (DC) will announce his decision on October 10th, according to Scout.com’s Brian Snow. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard recently tweeted a final three of Penn State, Rutgers and Villanova. He had also been considering Miami (who recently added a verbal from Team Final SG Davon Reed for their ’13 class) and Xavier, but they did not make the final cut. Hart has been a favorite of NBE on the AAU trail through the spring and summer months and checked in at #40 in our Post-July Top 125 for the Class of 2013 compiled by Brian Bosworth.
Another player who recently narrowed his school list is top-5 prospect Julius Randle of Prestonwood Christian (TX). The 6-foot-9 power forward is down to Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina State, according to the Twitter page of his school’s athletics department. The two most notable omissions from that list are Duke and North Carolina.
In addition to prospects trimming lists and inching towards decisions, a number of 2013 recruits have made their decisions. Five other players ranked in the senior class have made their decisions in the past several days.
Jordan Mickey, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Prime Prep (TX), is headed to LSU. He selected the Tigers over SMU.
Mickey, who is ranked #22 in the NBE Post-July Top 125 for the Class of 2013, impressed NBE’s National Recruiting Analyst Brian Bosworth this summer as a player that projects as a go-to low post scoring option within his first couple years on a high major college campus. Mickey has outstanding footwork on the block and can score over either shoulder with either hand. He uses spins, drop steps, and a host of other moves keeping the defense on its heels all the time with his wide array of options down low. Mickey also uses his 15-foot jumper as a deadly weapon and he can use one dribble to attack the rim while facing up.
In addition to Mickey, Trent Johnson also reeled in a pledge from 6-foot-5 shooting guard Tim Quarterman of Johnson (GA).
Cal went all the way to the Sunshine State to land 6-foot-4 combo guard Sam Singer of Ransom Everglades (FL). Singer also considered programs such as Harvard and Stanford.
Sindarius Thornwell has gone out of state for his senior year of high school, but he will be returning home for college. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Oak Hill Academy (VA) committed to South Carolina, selecting the Gamecocks over North Carolina State.